Before we look at Novak Djokovic’s Girlfriend, Jelena Ristic, let’s take a look back at famous tennis wives and girlfriends.
Few other sports have the girlfriends of athletes featured as prominently as has now come to be expected in Tennis. On televised US Open and Wimbledon matches, the reactions of the supporters in the player's boxes contribute to the excitement. Showing the doting, agonized or thrilled reactions of the wives, girlfriends or fiancés of the tennis stars has become a staple of ESPN or Tennis Channel or BBC viewing. Rarely do we see the reaction shots of Derek Jeter's latest squeeze or LeBron James’ current gal pal, but who can forget the indelible image of Steffi Graf cheering on Andre Agassi as he captured the 2003 Australian Open? Bridgette Wilson's enthusiastic applause for hubby Pete Sampras during all of his major matches made for priceless television. Her appearance in support of him was as reliable as Sampras' blazing serve.
ROGER AND MIRKA // ANDY AND BROOKLYNJust as reliable was Miroslava "Mirka" Federer's listless, almost hollow stare as her husband Roger rapidly accrued a record 16 grand slam titles from 2003-2010; only when Federer was challenged by Rafael Nadal did she sit upright in her seat. That was a sure sign that Roger was in trouble. If somehow she'd been unable to attend one of Roger Federer's matches, it would surely have been a major topic of discussion. The same is true for Brooklyn Decker, who is no doubt ESPN's favorite tennis player girlfriend for marrying Andy Roddick. Ms. Decker's appearance at his matches draws enormous ratings. In light of Roddick's ongoing professional failures, his marriage to Brooklyn can be considered his greatest tennis-related decision in years.
A NEW TENNIS COUPLE - NOVAK DJOKOVIC GIRLFRIEND JELENA RISTICAny serious tennis fan is at least somewhat familiar with the wife or girlfriend of the #1 player because of all the air time she eventually receives during the major matches. Jelena Ristic - Novak Djokovic girlfriend, is going to have to get used to the spotlight if she attends his championship matches, because the #3 player is on the way to becoming the best tennis player on the planet. A Belgrade native, very little is known about Jelena - Novak Djokovic girlfriend, a fact which adds to her mystique. She is less well known than Brooklyn Decker or Mirka because she hasn't attended a few of Novak's key championship matches. For this reason, people have often confused professional WTA players Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic for Novak's girlfriends. Those two have cheered the Serb on during his 2008 US Open and 2011 Australian open finals, respectively.
Djokovic has maintained, however, that his girlfriend is Jelena. It is easy to see why he'd be attracted to her. The tan, toned, light-haired Serbian is a classic beauty. There have been reports of sporadic breakups; however, Djokovic's infamous comment, after a grueling five-set match with compatriot Viktor Troicki under the hot sun in Flushing Meadows, that being in the shade is "as great as sleeping with my girlfriend" would indicate that his relationship with Jelena is going according to plan. No doubt the folks at ESPN are rooting for Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic to square off against each other quite a lot in the next few years. Jelena - Novak Djokovic Girlfriend - and Andy Roddick's Brooklyn will steal a lot of TV time from them, and rest assured that nobody will care.
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